Research Team

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Georgios C. Georgiou – Project Coordinator

Professor

Georgios Georgiou is a Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Director of the Oceanography Center, University of Cyprus (UCY). He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan (1989) and joined UCY in 1992. He has been a visiting Professor at various Universities in Greece, Cyprus, Brazil, Egypt and Morocco. His expertise lies in computational rheology, numerical simulations of viscoelastic flows, and computational oceanography. He has published more than 150 peer-review journal papers and co-authored Viscous Fluid Flow (CRC Press). He is currently the coordinator of ECO-MARINE, an Erasmus+ project (2021-2024).

Contact: georgios@ucy.ac.cy


Georgios Nikolaidis

Special Scientist

Georgios Nikolaidis is a research scientist at Oceanography Center, University of Cyprus. He is a graduate of University of East Anglia with a degree MSci Meteorology and Oceanography and currently is a PhD candidate at University of Cyprus. He has strong numerical and analytical skills including data collection and analysis of geospatial data using numerus software programs such as MATLAB, R and GIS. He is involved with various EU and national funded projects related with renewable energy and conservation of marine biodiversity. He has been conducting studies in a broad range of subjects such as coastal erosion vulnerability, numerical model validation and verification and energy potential analysis. He also participated in various dissemination events and school visits, which were targeted in raising social awareness for environmental sustainability and promoting blue growth. He is a member of Royal Meteorology Society and the president of the Cypriot cooperation network between scientists and fishermen.

Contact: nikolaidis.georgios@ucy.ac.cy


Constantina Magirou

Research Scientist

Constantina Magirou is a research scientist at the Oceanography Center of the University of Cyprus. She works at the Oceanography Center since 2014. Today, she participates in ECO-MARINE, an Erasmus + project (2021-2024).

Contact: mageirou@ucy.ac.cy


Dr. Yianna Samuel

Special Scientist

Dr. Yianna Samuel (female) is a former Fulbright scholar and graduate of Cornell University (MSc, PhD) and the University of Miami (BSc) in Marine Biology. Since December 2007, she has been working at the University of Cyprus as a Specialist Research Scientist at the Oceanography Centre and at the same time collaborating with the Department of Biological Sciences, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Ethology and Marine Ecology. Her work at the University of Cyprus focuses on carrying out research, coordinating research programmes and teams, submitting research proposals and supervising students and their dissertations. To date, the research project proposals she has submitted have attracted revenues of around €1.1 million to the Oceanography Centre. Her research focusses on marine biodiversity of endemic and exotic marine species, coastal ecology and population dynamics, conservation oceanography, animal behaviour, underwater acoustics, climate variability, and satellite remote sensing data, as well as educating and informing various groups about these subjects (general public, students and stakeholders). She is also the coordinator of several externally funded research projects. Dr. Samuel also holds the NAUI Open Water, Advanced Scuba Diver, and Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) Diver diving certificates, and carries out frequent dives to collect data and conduct scientific research.

Contact: rhoads.yianna@ucy.ac.cy

Yaisel J. Borrell Pichs 

Professor

Yaisel J. Borrell (YB) is Professor of Genetics at the University of Oviedo, Spain since 2018 (Associated Prof. since 2011). He is part of the staff of the Marine Observatory of Asturias (OMA) and Biotechnological Institute of Asturias (IUBA) and Coordinator in the Master Program for Marine Conservation at UNIOVI. Research Lines included Conservation Genetics, Breeding, Aquaculture and Biological Invasions. 

See: 

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2840-4384

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yaisel_Borrell_Pichs

Contact: borrellyaisel@uniovi.es

 

 

Andrés Arias

Professor, Dr.

PhD in Zoology. I currently work as professor of Zoology in the University of Oviedo. Research lines: biodiversity, biology and ecology of marine and freshwater invertebrates; invasive and threatened species. I have published more than 40 papers indexed in the JCR® and several book chapters. Scientific production indicators (Number of citations: 522; h-Index: 13; i-10-Index: 20). I have participated in numerous national and international research projects and scientific conferences. I am a member of the Spanish Group of Experts on Marine Habitats and Species and Editor of the Marine Biology section of the journal ‘Biology’ (IP 3.796).

See:

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0239-1060
Andrés Arias on Research Gate

Contact: ariasandres@uniovi.es

 

Alba Ardura

Biologist, Dra

Biologist, PhD in Food Biotechnology. Postdoctorate with Clarín scholarship granted by the Principality of Asturias, 2015/16. Juan de la Cierva reincorporation scholarship granted by the Ministry of Science, Innovation 2018/21. IRCP-CRIOBE Grant 2018 project (CRIOBE). EOSC Project 2020 – Citizen science and molecular tools for the detection of SARS-Cov 2 in the fomites. International cooperation in several research projects.
H index = 22; Index i10 = 33. Scientific articles with peer review: 58. Citations: 1257. Citations since 2016: 1068
Areas of interest and development: Early detection and management of invasive species in collaboration with citizens and managers. Citizen science. Epigenetics of invasive species. Food traceability. Genetics of natural resources. Environmental DNA. Emergent pollutants and environmental health.

See: 

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2598-6534
Alba Ardura on Research Gate

Contact: arduraalba@uniovi.es

 

Eva Garcia-Vazquez

Full Professor

Director of her research team on natural resources since 1985, developing and applying genetic and genomic methodology in conservation biology; she is the current Director of the research group ARENA. Ten of the 23 PhD theses she supervised obtained the Extraordinary Prize of Doctorate. Number of JCR articles: 297; h-index: 49; i10 index: 196; citations: 8715. International cooperation for development of natural resources in Brazil between 2006 and 2009 and Mexico in 2010. Evaluator of research projects and units for the European Commission (Marie Curie program), National Science Foundation and NOAA (USA), ANECA and CNEAI (Spain) and other institutions. Participation in scientific expeditions in Antarctica (SALMOPOP, French Institute of Polar Research IPEV, Kerguelen islands, 2002-2003); research cruises EUROPA, PS102 and PS112 Bremerhaven – Cape Town (RV Polarstern, 2012, 2016, 2018).

See: 

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8429-838X
Eva Garcia-Vazquez on Research Gate

Contact: egv@uniovi.es

 

Gonzalo Machado-Schiaffino

Assistant Professor, Dr.

I graduated in Biology at the National University of Patagonia (Argentina). After that, I was granted with MAE-AECI pre-doctoral fellowships to conduct my Doctoral studies at the University of Oviedo. My Ph.D. research focused on the population genetic structure of commercially important marine fish (hakes). After my PhD, I was granted with the Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship to conduct my research at the University of Konstanz (Germany). Using state-of-the-art genomic tools, I was disentangling the genetic basis of adaptive traits in African and Neotropical cichlids. I am now Assistant Professor at the University of Oviedo. I am currently developing new research lines focusing on adaptive and conservation genomics in different commercially exploited fish species.

See: 

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4049-3247
Gonzalo Machado-Schiaffino on Research Gate

Contact: machadogonzalo@uniovi.es

 

José Luis Acuña Fernández

Full Professor
Jose Luis Acuña (JLA) is Full Professor of Ecology at the University of Oviedo, Spain. He leads the Marine Observatory of Asturias (OMA). Research Lines included Ecology of marine plankton with emphasis on the dynamics of phytoplankton proliferations and the research on the operation and conservation of coastal systems.

See: 

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8429-838X
José Luis Acuña Fernández on Research Gate

Contact: acuna@uniovi.es

 

José M. Rico

Professor

My research focuses on coastal rocky shore ecology, seaweed ecology and systematics and climate change in marine ecosystems. I have been coordinator of 2 EU projects and participated in another 3, principal researcher in 5 national and 3 regional projects.
I currently teach grade (Environmental Impact Assessment) and master (Aquaculture, Marine invasions, Biogeochemistry) modules, and have supervised 4 Ph. D. and am supervising another 4 at the moment.

See: 

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6253-257X
Web of Science ID: AAZ-3872-2020
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.es/citations?hl=es&user=cqEIlngAAAAJ
José M. Rico on Research Gate

Contact: jmrico@uniovi.es

 

 

 

Kesaven Bhubalan

Associate Professor Ts. Dr.

Kesaven Bhubalan is a marine biotechnologist at the Faculty of Science and Marine Environment, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). His research interests include bacteria-derived bioplastics, biosurfactant, bioprocess, bioremediation and microbial metagenomics. He predominantly works with marine bacteria and microalgae. Kesaven’s most recent study involves the application of bioplastics as biodegradable microbeads and its fate in marine organisms. Kesaven was appointed as a Research Fellow at Malaysian Institute of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals and as an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Marine Biotechnology, UMT. He is also an affiliate with the Young Scientists Network of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

Facebook: Microplastic Research Interest Group-UMT
https://fssm.umt.edu.my/english-research-groups/microplastics-research-interest-group-mrig/
C︁ontact: kesaven@umt.edu.my


Yusof Shuaib B. Ibrahim

Dr.

Yusof Shuaib Ibrahim is a marine biologist at the Faculty of Science and Marine Environment, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Presently he is a Principal Investigator for Microplastic Research Interest Group (MRIG) under the faculty. His dedication to microplastic research has been recognized when he was selected to represent Malaysia for UNESCO IOC-WESTPAC meeting for setting up a regional network on the assessment, distribution, and fate of microplastics in the region. To date, he has been invited to be part of the scientists in IOC-Westpac for microplastic research and monitoring program in the Western Pacific, focusing on Malaysia context.

Facebook: Microplastic Research Interest Group-UMT
https://fssm.umt.edu.my/english-research-groups/microplastics-research-interest-group-mrig/
Contact: yusofshuaib@umt.edu.mymrig@umt.edu.my


Fredolin Tangang

Professor, Dr.

Fredolin Tangang is a professor of climatology and oceanography at the Department of Earth Sciences and Environment, the National University of Malaysia. He obtained his PhD in 1997 from University of British Columbia, Canada. He was the Vice-Chair of the Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (AR5; 2008 – 2015), a fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia,  a member of the Scientific Advisory.  Team (SAT) of the CORDEX of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and a member of SSC of the Monsoon Asia Integrated Studies for Sustainability – Future Earth. He has published 100 papers.

Contact: tangang@ukm.edu.my


Liew Ju Neng

Dr

Department of Earth Sciences and Environment, Faculty of Science and Technology

Dr. Liew Ju Neng obtained his PhD in Ocean Sciences in 2006 and is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences and Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. His research interests encompass various aspects of regional climate and ocean dynamics over Southeast Asia regions with specific focus on interannual and long-term climate change time scales. Most of his works involve application of numerical models to improve the understanding of various physical processes responsible for the climatic variations over the Southeast Asia maritime continent regions.

Contact: juneng@ukm.edu.my


Simon Kumar Das

Associate Professor

I have completed my Ph.D. in Marine Science in 2010 from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. My research attempts to comprehend effects of global warming and ocean acidification on the physiological status of fish (including growth, digestion, blood indices, and respiration). My research interest also includes identification of spawning season, growth performance, age estimation, and trophic level analysis of fishes.

Contact: simon@ukm.edu.my



Ester Salimun

Senior Lecturer, Dr.

A senior lecturer in the National University of Malaysia. Her research is in interannual variability mechanism and teleconnection towards Southeast Asia rainfall variability. She is involved in the CORDEX-SEA project and output analysis for climate change impact. She also has experience in running mesoscale/regional climate model.

Instagram: @esalimun
Contact: ester@ukm.edu.my


Harshit Bhavsar

Harshit Bhavsar is Presently Working as Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at SAL Education. He has also authored text Book of Renewable Energy Engineering and Fluid Mechanics. Member of Organizing and Advisory Committee in various International Conferences. Member of Editorial and Reviewer in 10+ Reputed National / International Journals. He is Life time Member of ISTE, Delhi, InSc Bangalore, IFERP. Working with Erasmus+ CABCIN Program of the European Union to improve the skills in Higher Education. His Research Interest in Solar Energy Applications, Renewable Energy, Thermal Engineering, Heat & Mass Transfer, ICT & Industrial Management.

Contact: harshit.bhavsar@sal.edu.in